THE SILENT KILLER!
Imagine yourself living in a world full of pain and agony. You go to the doctor, and they can find nothing wrong (physically), yet the pain still exists. You speak to your family members about how you feel but they are likely to brush it off and tell you that it is all in your head. The pain you feel is not able to be detected, so there is nothing wrong.
Or is there?????
Mental Disorder (Definition provided by American Psychiatric Association).
- A Mental Disorder is a health condition characterized by significant dysfunction in an individual’s cognitions, emotions, or behaviors that reflects a disturbance in the psychological, biological, or developmental processes underlying mental functioning. Some disorders may not be diagnosable until they have caused clinically significant distress or impairment of performance.
This is a brief overview of why mental illness has become the world's silent killer. The life of someone who lives with mental illness is rough and many times short lived. There are several different types of mental illnesses and myths that go with each.
TOP 3 REASONS WHY MENTAL ILLNESS IS:
"THE SILENT KILLER."
PEOPLE ARE ASHAMED.
Most people who are walking around with any form of mental illness are ashamed to admit it. This is actually a decision that was not made by choice, it was made by society. With all of the advanced technologies that we have today, if people are not able to see another person physically dying, then the problem does not exist. If you are not on chemotherapy, than you should just snap out of it. You are crazy, loony and oftentimes ostracized from friends and family if you shout out "I suffer from mental illness."
Our society has chosen to neglect those who have a serious mental illness. Neglecting or throwing away people who have this form of "disability" can lead to suicide, both socially and physically.
LACK OF EDUCATION
It is the year 2012, and people are still not aware that mental illness has an enormous impact on an individual and their family. Many people who live in a lower socio-economic status are generally more victimized by these illnesses. Certain communities are notorious for telling their loved ones not to be treated, or just go to God and pray. Unfortunately, regardless of how you feel about mental illness, if an individual feels pain then there is a problem. And there is nothing to be ashamed of. In many cases, medication is needed, along with psychotherapy.
Most people would never tell a person with cancer to skip their chemotherapy or radiation treatments....why should mental illness be any different?
List of mental disorders/treatments/
Top 10 mental illnesses and their myths!
Mental Illness can cause the following:
- Destructive and/or obscene behaviour.
- Drug and alcohol abuse.
- Becoming mentally abusive towards other people.
- Extreme low-self esteem.
- Decrease in happiness or quality of life.
- Lack of education.
- Becoming homeless.
- Engaging in risky sex.
- Premature death.
Signs you may be suffering from some form of mental illness:
- Sudden mood changes.
- A significant increase/decrease in appetite.
- Suicidal thoughts.
- Low self-esteem.
- Constant negative thoughts.
- Significant changes in sleep habits, too much or too little.
- Loss of concentration.
SIDE NOTE: There are several different types of mental illnesses. These are a few of "many" signs that may indicate a problem that is much deeper. Mental illness is not contagious, however, if a family member (i.e. mother or father) currently suffers from mental illness, this can increase your chances of acquiring the same illness.
Signs of Mental Illness, Mayo Clinic
Mental Illness Society, UK, Get the latest!
1 in 5 Americans suffer from mental illness?
GENES PLAY A ROLE
IN MENTAL ILLNESS?
Anytime mental illness is brought up, it is shown in a negative light. Whenever there is a shooting or a homicide issue, the media quickly reports these people as having a strong form of mental illness. If the only thing we see is negativity throughout the news, television shows or by word of mouth, then we have every right to be afraid. However, this is not entirely true.
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There are good and bad people of every class, color, and socio-economic status. If a person is suffering from "any" mental condition you will likely never know...and neither will they....
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)."
1. INTERNATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINES!
2.World Federation for Mental Health!
3. NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness!
Written by: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA